Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Golden Road Burning Bush

type: smoked IPA
origin: Los Angeles, CA
price: $12/4-pack (16oz)
ABV: 8%
NSP: 12.6

I have to admit two things: (1) I'm a sucker for good design aesthetics, and (2) I'm totally completely down for some good canned beer.  I was lulled in by the cool packaging (see 1), and the 16oz size (see 2).  But unfortunately the taste of this is neither appealing, nor appetizing, so getting through a four pack of large cans is pretty difficult.

My trouble with this stems mostly from the style, which I'm not really sure should be made by anyone.  'Smoked' means they used malts which have been smoked (Rauch malt) in the brewing process.  That's all good, but it turns out most rauch-y beers tend to be overdone (too much Rauch in that Rauchbier, son!), and those flavors don't become more awesome in greater amounts.  So you end up feeling like you're drinking bubbly campfire water, or, worse, a beer someone put their cigarette out in.

With this beer the non-smoky component of the beer tastes a bit like homebrew--unpolished, unrefined, etc.  I'm not a fan of this, but at least there's finally some craft beer flowing out of Los Angeles county proper.  But... wait... Craftsman has a cigarette problem too, and they're also from LA. Uh, guys? What's going on?? (I can't believe how perfect that video is).

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